Scots College, Wellington

Scots College, Wellington

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Scots College, Wellington

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Scots College is a private (independent) boys' primary and secondary school located in the suburb of Strathmore Wellington, New Zealand. The College comprises both the primary and secondary institutions - the primary school section is typically referred to as the Preparatory School and has its own Head Teacher and staff.


It was founded as a Presbyterian boys' college in 1916 by Rev Dr James Gibb and the Hon John Aitken on the current campus of Queen Margaret's College in Thorndon. Dr Gibb's vision was the creation of a Christian college that would be independent of the secular state system. It is the 'brother' school of The Scots College in Sydney, Australia and of Queen Margaret's College in Thorndon, Wellington.

The college has a proud tradition, and its Scottish heritage is reflected in its ceremonies (official ones involve a piper leading a procession into its hall) and school song. College prefects wear kilts on official occasions and every Friday. The school tartan is that of the Clan Fergusson. Permission to wear the tartan was granted by the late Governor General Sir Charles Fergusson.


Students at the secondary school are organized into eight "houses", identified by colour. The houses have expanded three times since the founding of the school- two houses were added to the original two in 1961/1963, another two in 1993 and a further two added in 2009, with the boarders' house (Gibb) being removed at this time as well. There are major...
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